Great Israeli movies (-:

by mazniv1 | created - 10 Oct 2011 | updated - 02 Oct 2014 | Public

Only good israeli movies, including documentary movies, not by any kind of order. The list is 100% subjective.

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1. Rabies (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

A brother and sister who run away from home find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer, the brother sets out on a race against... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ania Bukstein, Danny Geva, Yael Grobglas

Votes: 2,607

Israel's first horror film. Open the door for a new type of Israeli cinema.

2. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 53,457 | Gross: $2.28M

An innovative combination of animation and an interesting script. Was an Oscar foreign movies nominate.

3. Lost Islands (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

A family in the 80s with five kids get into a crisis when twin brothers fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Reshef Levi | Stars: Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov, Shmil Ben Ari, Orly Silbersatz

Votes: 594

Great script, lovely performence.

4. Avanti popolo (1986)

84 min | Drama, War

June 11th 1967, the Six-Day War is over and the cease fire has just begun. We follow the journey of Gassan and Haled, two Egyptian soldiers whose only wish is to make their way through the ... See full summary »

Director: Rafi Bukai | Stars: Salim Dau, Suhel Haddad, Tuvia Gelber, Danny Segev

Votes: 329

Maybe one of the greatest israeli movies ever.

5. The Band (1978)

112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Comedic musical, about an army singing group.

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 360

A must watch on Independence Day!

6. Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer (1976)

92 min | Comedy

Sergio Konstanza, a Swindler, owes money to Mr. Hasson. He escapes to the desert where he joins a wacky army reserve unit whose Sergeant is engaged to one of Mr. Hasson's Daughters.

Director: Assi Dayan | Stars: Yisrael Poliakov, Gavri Banai, Shaike Levi, Nitza Shaul

Votes: 1,271

At the top of "Hagashas Ha'hiver" movies, in my opinion...

7. Sweet Mud (2006)

90 min | Drama

Set in mid-70's, 12-year old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his undermined mother, whom the Kibbutz members will to denounce.

Director: Dror Shaul | Stars: Tomer Steinhof, Ronit Yudkevitz, Shai Avivi, Pini Tavger

Votes: 696

Captivating photography with an exciting personal script.

The ultimate guide to begin a revolution

9. Lebanon (2009)

R | 93 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

Director: Samuel Maoz | Stars: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Michael Moshonov

Votes: 10,723 | Gross: $0.37M

War as it appears out of a tin box

10. Paratroopers (1977)

90 min | Drama

Not everyone is born to be a soldier. Not even in Israel, where universal conscription is the tradition. This movie is about a Sad Sack in the Israeli army, incompetent to complete training... See full summary »

Director: Judd Ne'eman | Stars: Gidi Gov, Moni Moshonov, Shlomo Bar-Aba, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 64

A glance from inside on The Israeli defense force.

11. One Small Step (2003)

94 min | Drama

Witnessing their good friend trying to cope with his cancer, three teenagers are determined to make him lose his virginity in case he doesn't survive.

Director: Shahar Segal | Stars: Avi Nesher, Chelli Goldenberg, Yoav Koresh, Limor Goldstein

Votes: 58

The good spirit of youth had never looked more Israeli, more local, more vivid

12. The Loners (2009)

92 min | Drama

This human drama centers around two loner Russian soldiers who are caught smuggling arms and consequently arrested. The two characters do not want to lose their honor as soldiers even ... See full summary »

Director: Renen Schorr | Stars: Sasha Agronov, Anton 'Klin' Ostrovsky, Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Tzahi Grad

Votes: 96

The story of two Israeli soliders, new immigrants from Russia, who find it very difficult to integrate into the Israeli society.

Amazing ensemble of actors shows a spectacular playing displays in an accurate and exemplary photography.

14. The House on Chelouche Street (1973)

PG | 110 min | Drama

A fatherless family immigrates to Israel from Egypt during the British Mandate period. The film traces the hardships the family suffers in the politically unstable country.

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Gila Almagor, Shaike Ophir, Joseph Shiloach, Michal Bat-Adam

Votes: 197

One of not many historc Israeli movies, also based on true story. Was nominated for 1973 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

15. Joe + Belle (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A dark comedy about two girls who fall in love with their country and with each other en route from Tel Aviv to Sderot (the ongoing target of Qassam rocket attacks).

Director: Veronica Kedar | Stars: Sivan Levy, Veronica Kedar, Romi Aboulafia, Irit Gidron

Votes: 273

Something completely else from the Israeli mainstream cinema. Lesbian, violance and drugs... what can go wrong here?!

16. Lemon Tree (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 6,097 | Gross: $0.57M

Palestinians on one hand, Israelis on the other and lemon orchard in the middle

17. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1948, four Israeli soldiers recount the events that led them to take up arms while preparing for a final mission in the hours leading up to a truce.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Edward Mulhare, Haya Harareet, Michael Shillo, Michael Wager

Votes: 421

Being there when it happend- Israel's war for independence in 1947.

18. Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani | Stars: Fouad Habash, Nisrin Siksik, Elias Saba, Youssef Sahwani

Votes: 5,788 | Gross: $0.62M

Hard core story of a neighborhood in Jaffa and it's arab and jewish residents.

19. The Band's Visit (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Director: Eran Kolirin | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour

Votes: 12,412 | Gross: $3.05M

The sweet-sour story of an egypt band and it journey in Israel's remoted area

20. Life in Stills (2011)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A photo shop owner and her grandson join forces to save the shop and the nearly one million negatives that document Israel's defining moments.

Director: Tamar Tal

Votes: 138

A moving human story about the survival of an amazning elderly woman and her photography store which she founded decades ago with her late husband.

21. It Kinda Scares Me (2001)

57 min | Documentary

Documentary about the relationship between the mild-mannered filmmaker Tomer and a gang of tough, nihilistic estate-boys whom he is counseling and helping to put on a play.

Director: Tomer Heymann | Stars: Idan Alterman, Aviv Geffen, Tomer Heymann

Votes: 45

What happends when a "mild-mannered filmmaker" meets "gang of tough, nihilistic estate-boys". A hint: great movie

22. The Flat (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

Director: Arnon Goldfinger | Stars: Michael Adler, Yaron Amit, Avrham Barkai, Meital Beili

Votes: 1,440 | Gross: $0.47M

When the grandmother dies, family invades into her empty flat and secrets that were kept for decades finally revealed.

23. On the Move (2008)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Ehud Banai, now Israel's biggest singer-songwriter, got in the music business when he was over thirty. This is the story of his music, his friends, and his musical inspirations - from the beginning.

Director: Avida Livny | Stars: Ehud Banai, Yuval Banai, Mani Bejarano, Shlomi Bracha

Votes: 16

The story of Ehud Banai ve'Haplitim, a late bloomer singer and his one in a lifetime band.

24. Saint Clara (1996)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The year is 1999 and the storyline is actually a number of sub-plots all revolving around the 13-year old Clara, a girl that can predict the future and has telekinetic powers. The sub-plots... See full summary »

Directors: Ari Folman, Ori Sivan | Stars: Lucy Dubinchik, Halil Elohev, Johnny Peterson, Maya Maron

Votes: 626

An instant israeli cinema classic about a boy, a girl, magic & most important- love.

25. Lovesick on Nana Street (1995)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

The touching story of Victor, who lives with his mother in the REALLY bad part of town and runs an illegal TV cable station. One day he sees the beautiful Michaela and falls madly in love ... See full summary »

Director: Savi Gabizon | Stars: Avigail Ariely, Asher Atlas, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, Shmil Ben Ari

Votes: 195

The thin line between love & loneliness.

Each man and his faith.

27. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,594 | Gross: $0.11M

An authentic, personal and complicated documentary movie on the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

28. Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the ... See full summary »

Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Doval'e Glickman

Votes: 14,649 | Gross: $0.03M

In each person we know - there might be a big bad wolf. get ready to get laugh and scared Simultaneously.

29. Zero Motivation (2014)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.

Director: Talya Lavie | Stars: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Heli Twito

Votes: 3,758 | Gross: $0.10M

Great Israeli comedy. couldn't stop laughing.

30. The Farewell Party (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon | Stars: Ze'ev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rosen, Ilan Dar

Votes: 1,884 | Gross: $0.17M

A funny bitter, true and ironic story.

31. The Policeman (1971)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Shaike Ophir, Zaharira Harifai, Avner Hizkiyahu, Itzko Rachamimov

Votes: 625

Israeli cinema at his best. Ephraim Kishon at the top of his art.

32. The Big Dig (1969)

95 min | Comedy

A slapstick comedy lampooning bureaucracy and the madness of everyday life in Israel centers on an escaped lunatic who digs up the streets of Tel-Aviv with a drill.

Director: Ephraim Kishon | Stars: Bomba Tzur, Nissim Azikri, Shraga Friedman, Avner Hizkiyahu

Votes: 557

One of the great and best comedies of the Israeli cinema.

33. The World Is Funny (2012)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

Simple people struggle through extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes the only answer to any problem is 'The world is funny so we have to laugh.'

Director: Shemi Zarhin | Stars: Assi Levy, Eli Finish, Danny Steg, Naama Shitrit

Votes: 202

Lovely stories and a great ensemble of actors.

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